State of Louisiana Archives: on Government Reform

Foster Campbell: 10 year ban on lobbying for ex-members of congress

Q: Please explain your top priorities if elected.

A: Equal Pay for Women; Raising the Minimum Wage; 10 year ban on lobbying for ex-members of congress

Source: VoteSmart 2016 Louisiana Senate Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2016

Thomas Clements: Term limits for Congress; but voter ID too

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Congress Term Limits with Voter ID laws required.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

Jay Dardenne: Tighten disclosure rules for lobbyists, to limit influence

There is simply too much money being spent to influence lawmakers. Since 2009, lobbyists have spent more than $3 million entertaining legislators and executive branch employees. However, only 21% of the lobbyist filings name the individual on whom the money was spent. There will always be money in politics--it is a fact of life. But we should do more to ensure that money doesn't have a corrupting influence. As Governor, I will:
  1. Force lobbyists to identify individual lawmakers or government employees who they spend money entertaining.
  2. End the practice of candidates and officeholders using campaign contributions for personal perks.
  3. Tighten the rules allowing communication and coordination between candidates, their campaigns, and Super PACs that support them.
  4. Stop the revolving door between government and lobbyists by expanding lobbying prohibitions.
  5. Ban state employees from immediately going to work for companies that receive state contracts.
Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor's campaign website Sep 9, 2015

David Vitter: Led and won the fight for state term limits

As a state legislator, David led the fight for term limits against great odds--and won. He filed ethics complaints against illegal good ole boy deals--and won. And he cut wasteful spending and kept violent criminals in jail longer.
Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor campaign website, Aug 11, 2015

David Vitter: Term limits instead of automatic pay raises for Congress

Vitter's well-publicized efforts to pass bills to block automatic cost of living congressional pay increases, while never adopted, may have contributed to Congressional votes over each of the last six years to forego the pay hikes. His persistent bills to set term limits for members of Congress never went anywhere, unlike when he won a term limit constitutional amendment, but angered some colleagues, just as they did in the Louisiana Legislature.
Source: Times-Picayune coverage of 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial race May 29, 2015

Jay Dardenne: Don't bring dysfunctional Washington politics to Louisiana

Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is making an issue of Sen. David Vitter's "ineffective" congressional record. Dardenne insists that Louisiana voters don't like the "dysfunction," in Washington and that Vitter has been a major contributor to the partisan divisions that often paralyze Congress: "You have to wonder how effective he is going to be as governor when he couldn't get much done when he served in the State Legislature, in the House of Representatives and in the United States Senate," Dardenne said. "We don't want to bring Washington politics to Louisiana."

Vitter's spokesman said his boss is anything but ineffective, working with Democrats & fellow Republicans to move legislation important to the nation and the state of Louisiana. He points to the Water Resources and Development Act, with key hurricane protection; the chemical safety bill; a long-term highway funding bill; and a bill barring the federal government from coercing or incentivizing states to adopt Common Core.

Source: Times-Picayune coverage of 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial race May 29, 2015

Ralph Abraham: Term limits for Congress, plus no salary

No Career Politicians: Men and women should serve in Congress to give back to their communities and not consider it a profession. I support term limits for Members of Congress.

No Salary: It should be an honor and a privilege to serve your country and NOT a paid position. If law dictates a salary, then I will donate the salary ($174,000/year) to charities; YOU should not pay a penny for representation.

Source: 2014 Louisiana House campaign website, Dec 5, 2014

Garret Graves: Require photo ID for voting

Q: People should be able to vote without photo identification?

GRAVES: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Ralph Abraham: Require photo ID for voting

Q: People should be able to vote without photo identification?

ABRAHAM: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Buddy Roemer: Won Governor & House seat with voluntary contribution limit

Roemer is back, making an improbable run at the 2012 GOP nomination for president. Roemer, who plays down his Harvard MBA in favor of a folksy, fresh-off-the-family-cotton-farm demeanor, impressed some political observers with a forceful speech at an Iowa candidate forum last week. His biggest applause line: a "declaration of independence" from special interests, punctuated by his pledge to take no political action committee money--and no donation at all greater than $100.

The other potential candidates, "they've got PACs and they've got airplanes," Roemer told the crowd. "All I've got is me and you. I think it's enough."

Roemer has gotten by before without big money. He served four terms in the House in the 1980s and was one of the few members of Congress to decline PAC money. He voluntarily set strict campaign-contribution limits during his successful run for governor in 1987.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Longshot from Louisiana" Mar 16, 2011

John Neely Kennedy: No pay-for-play; campaign contributions notwithstanding

Landrieu questioned why Kennedy would take more than $350,000 in campaign contributions from businesses and individuals who had projects before the Bond Commission, which Kennedy chairs.

Landrieu suggested that was an impropriety since Kennedy can decide what projects appear on commission agendas each month. “There’s a lot of talk around Louisiana about how you get on the agenda,” Landrieu said.

Kennedy denied any pay-for-play suggestions, and he said he was glad to compare his record to Landrieu’s campaign contributions, which he said include $300,000 from Wall Street firms and more than $200,000 from executives with collapsed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “Sen. Landrieu criticizing my fundraising is a little bit like being called vain by Donald Trump,” Kennedy said.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate by Associated Press on Oct 16, 2008

Mary Landrieu: I have delivered for Louisiana; send me back for more

In past debates Kennedy opened by aligning himself with John McCain, but [in this debate] he described his ideas for re-establishing economic stability in the financial markets and the US economy, an attempt to take control of an issue widely considered a drag on GOP candidates nationwide. “I know many of you are scared. Don’t be. Be concerned, be angry, but don’t be scared,” Kennedy said. “We will survive this economic crisis.”

Landrieu, meanwhile, continued to push herself as a centrist senator who works across party lines and has brought home billions of dollars in aid to Louisiana during her 12 years in Congress, particularly since the blows of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. “Send me back to continue to fight for you, to deliver for you,” she said.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate by Associated Press on Oct 16, 2008

Foster Campbell: Bar election officials from campaigning for candidates

Legislative Digest:Proposed constitutional amendment prohibits the secretary of state and the commissioner of elections from participating or engaging in any political activity, making or soliciting any contributions for any political party, faction, or candidate, or taking an active part in the management of the affairs of a political party, faction, candidate, or any political campaign in any election which is supervised, regulated or conducted by their offices. Proposed constitutional amendment defines "political activity" to mean an effort to support or oppose the election of a candidate for political office or to support a particular political party in an election. Specifies that the support of issues involving bonded indebtedness, tax referenda, or constitutional amendments is not to be prohibited.

Legislative Outcome: Failed Senate final passage. (SB241 authored by Senator Foster Campbell)

Source: Louisiana 2002 legislative voting records: SB241 Apr 30, 2002

Foster Campbell: Increase legislator limit from 5 bills to 15 per session

Legislative Digest: Constitutional amendment to limit the number of bills a legislator may introduce for a regular session of the legislature to 15. Present constitution provides that any number of bills may be pre-filed before the first day of regular session, and specifies that after the prefiling deadline, no member may introduce more than 5 bills, except as provided by joint rule. Proposed constitutional amendment limits the number of bills a legislator may introduce for a regular legislative session to 15 except that there shall be no limit on the introduction of bills requested by the executive branch or judicial branch, or bills to repeal law. Limits number of bills requested by executive departments to 10 bills and provides that bills requested by executive departments are not to be included in a legislator's individual limit.

Legislative Outcome: Died in House committee. (SB5 authored by Senator Foster Campbell)

Source: Louisiana 2001 legislative voting records: SB5 Jan 22, 2001

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